Well you’re in for some good luck today! We have a lovely pattern to stitch and whether you are Irish or not, this motif looks great on any quilt. Stitched on green fabric, like this Kona cotton, it looks like a shamrock. Stitched on pink fabric, it will look like a flower.
THE IRISH CHAIN FREE MOTION QUILT TUTORIAL
Begin by drawing two lines 1-1/2 inch apart. These are our “rails” -drawn lines that help us keep our lines straight and will be erased when we are done stitching. Next draw a little “tick mark” every 1-1/2 inch along the bottom rail. This tick mark will help us center each of our shamrock leaves.
Begin stitching 3/4 inch ahead of the first tick mark. Stitch a sweeping upward curve. Stop. Stitch a side ways heart, leaving a small opening and Stop again.
Now stitch a sideways teardrop shape and head out of the small opening. Stop here.
Next, stitch a right-side-up heart, again leaving a small opening.
NOTE-try to avoid stitching over any previous line of stitching as you stitch the upright heart.
Stitch a teardrop within this heart.
Now stitch a sideways heart on the right side of the shamrock. Followed by another teardrop.
Sweep a curving line back to the bottom rail and up at your tick mark to begin the next shamrock.
This chain looks great all by itself…but if you want to do a little more…
Echo quilt the entire chain and add another mirror image row of shamrocks. Gorgeous!
NOTE-The above tutorial was stitched on Kona cotton with Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread in the bobbin and Sulky Rayon in the top with a Schmetz 80 Topstitch needle on my domestic sewing machine–a Bernina 820 without a BSR.
Now the Irish haven’t always been lucky, but once in awhile they found a Pot-of-Gold–or lucky clover…or an Irish chain!
More good luck–another Shamrock tutorial from 2013–The Spiral Shamrock–It’s lucky, too!
I’m off to chase a rainbow,
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